12 December 2011

a Trip: exotic INDIA, Paris-Bombay via KL@CHANEL &...


Mughal architecture in the hexagonal courtyard at Monserrate Palace, 
Sintra Portugal

 built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, an English baronet created visconde de Monserrate by King Luís, 
English architect, James Knowles Jr. designed the Palace
(image from Exotic Taste Orientalist Interiors-Emmanuelle Gaillard and Marc Walter)

all that was missing were the

photograph by Norman Parkinson
Anne Gunning in a Pink Mohair Coat outside the City Palace, Jaipur, India
Vogue, November, 1956

Color me in colors of love,

Color me in your love.
Color my scarf and my lover’s turban,
Color them both in the colors of spring.
Whatever you ask in return
I will give you.
I will pawn my youth
If you will
-Amir Khusrau, (1253-1325 AD)


& of course we all know,
Pink is the Navy Blue of INDIA, 
according to High Priestess Diana Vreeland

Deborah Turbeville portrait

why isn't there an iconic shot of Her on an ELLEphant? 
or even a woven tapestry of the Great One like this?
Can you see it?

ASIA, from 1844
made by the Sallandrouze Factory, after Jean- Baptiste Amedee Couder
(image from Exotic Taste Orientalist Interiors-Emmanuelle Gaillard and Marc Walter)

We must just use our Imaginations-
or revisit AVEDON's glory.

at the Cirque d’hiver, Paris, in August 1955
gowns by DIOR

A pose like this-
Hermes Orange as the Navy Blue of INDIA.

"DIAN" by Hermes

Maharaja of Patiala, wearing a diamond and platinum parade necklace created by Cartier in 1928

According to KARL,when questioned by  Vogue's Mark Holgate,

No argument with KL.

"Black and Ivory"
 Lagerfeld is more Chanel than Chanel.


COCO was The Original,
but KARL,
Is her High Priest.

 High Priest of the Rock Temple
India, 1871.

The collection, Pre-Fall, was shown in the Raj–worthy backdrop created in the cavernous chamber of the Galerie Courbe in the Grand Palais, complete with an eye-popping table laid for a feast and Mughal–carved stone walls, Lagerfeld’s vision of the country (which he has never been to, incidentally; perhaps he sides with the idea that you can see a place more clearly when you look at it from afar) -Mark Colgate-review for VOGUE.com

all excerpts from Mark Colgate's review are linked within this text, READ his entire review at VOGUE.com here
all Chanel Pre-Fall images from Vogue.com by Yannis Vlamos of GoRunway.com or Remy de la Mauviniere  of the ASSOCIATED PRESS



  1. Gorgeous--except the hair. Thanks. Mary

  2. Fabulous, I can hear the elephants trumpeting.

  3. Wonderful , Loved every stitch !
    Ann Gunning I remember so well as a child and my first elephant ride when I was 3 is etched on my brain
    KL certainly produced a breath taking spectacle Thankyou fay x

  4. Gorgeous -including the hair with music by The Psychedelic Furs "India".

  5. Oh my....Karl Lagerfeld has outdone Karl Lagerfeld!.....and THAT is hard to do!

  6. Love the ELLEphants woven throughout and Anne Gunning in the Pink Mohair Coat is just divine. So delicate and cozy. Would love the last KL look with a black sweater to wear, right now!!

  7. India is the only place I've never lived (for longer than a few months) that I am homesick for.


  8. Awesome Pics !!! Bond between fashion and India is very deep...

    Wedding Themes

  9. That is a stunning diamond necklace worn by the Maharajah of Patiala. It might be a bit over the top for my own use, however!

  10. When I first saw the show I thought what a great post this would make...you have produced an exceptional study here...Loved it! Beautifully presented, Gaye, superb, sublime, all of that and more. KL has transformed the runway show into pure theater, following that remarkable Chanel show with sets by Hadid in marine coquillage and riffs on the pearl to this show...those long curved banqueting tables, loaded with glass is positively Surrealist...that use of glass is also so very 19th c. Indian as they had suits of glass furniture ordered from Osler and chandeliers at Jai Vilas Palace at Gwalior. Your posts are a delight.



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